Linking Mass Extinctions To the Sun's Journey In the Milky Way
No, he said "rubish" as in "rubish cubed" or "as a rube would say"
Smart Guns To Stop Mass Killings
Well at least it can't be patented if the "prior art" in http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Weapon_Shops_of_Isher is to believed :-o
In UK, Twitter, Facebook Rants Land Some In Jail
Problem is that you rant in a pub and only the people in the room hear you: on the internet things are "forever and for all", and searchable...
Apple Orders Memory Game Developers To Stop Using 'Memory' In Names
Sometimes the response of people says more about the responder's attitudes than it does about the thing they are responding to...
U.S. Students Struggle With Reasoning Skills
So, you reckon that the researchers may have come to erroneous conclusions, due to their inability to interpolate and extrapolate from the facts, so they just said something that'd support their next follow-on project proposal...
Fair call ;-)
Is Climate Change the New Evolution?
Nope, but a lot of the world IS, because people like reducing a complex issue to a "yes/no" question; and certainty and verbosity are inversely related to knowledge and understanding.
Why can't the sun AND greenhouse gases BOTH be warming the climate. And if you look beyond these two, you'll find other contributors.
Even if one cause is shown to be more significant than the others, is that a reason to ignore the others? If so, pour petrol on your house if it catches fire: after all, it's on fire anyway :-/
Marx May Have Had a Point
ARM-Powered Linux Laptops Unveiled At Computex
Got to agree with this. My wife has been using laptops with versions of SUSE on it now for over 3 years, and one of my daughters has a Linux Aspire One, and both are happy with their machines.
The last one is most interesting as it's a 4Gb SSD version, yet is entirely adequate for her needs (the 16Gb SD card in the slot gets rotated with others to keep the MP3 industry going ;-)
They want "consumer appliances", not development machines: if you want bells and whistles then be prepared to pay or make trade-offs.
MySpace Suicide Charges Threaten Free Speech
A lot of teenage girls are vulnerable, much more so than people like to believe. They are infinitely more "social" beings than male geeks would ever think possible.
As an example, I had to "straighten-out" my 2 teenage daughters who were getting het up over some personality test results from a site going around their friends. I looked into it, and found that even when I bent the test, the most positive result I could wring out of it could be paraphrased as "you're not *that* screwed up, but you should still send us money for a full test".
I pointed this out to them, and they are now happier and, hopefully, wiser about attempts like this to manipulate them. However, the fact remains that they were beginning to worry that they were weird because they were vulnerable to negative feedback.
The link with this case? If "normal teenage girls" can be vulnerable to generic put-downs, how much worse when someone is tailoring the put-downs and the timings for maximum impact on someone they knew.